As a leading non-profit supporter of the arts, we at Classical MPR want to help educators in Minnesota (and beyond) to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of their students with tools, resources and programs that have been created collaboratively by Classical MPR staff.
This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music.
In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform.
The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so.
This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses.
The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.
This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.
Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others.
As a composer, singer, instrumentalist, and leader, Lyz Jaakola is an extraordinary ambassador for Ojibwe-Anishinaabe music and culture. In this video, Jaakola takes us through various kinds of Ojibwe musical expression, and offering historical and traditional insights along the way.
Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.
Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.
What tools do composers use to evoke emotions in music? This video will help teachers and students learn different techniques to help make music come alive.
Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.
School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Concert Choir under the baton of Stephanie Trump.
Looking at the lives and work of music teachers across Minnesota.
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn.
Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota.
The CD, 'A Musical History Tour,' was distributed to more than 22,500 elementary students across Minnesota who participated in the 2013-14 Class Notes Artist program. As an alternative to listening on a CD, we're presenting these tracks in a stream-able format.